EVERETT, Wash. – A trio of Everett Silvertips – Gage Goncalves, Jackson Berezowski, and Gianni Fairbrother – each logged two-goal games while Ronan Seeley’s four assists finished one shy of the franchise single-game record, and the Silvertips cruised past the Saskatoon Blades in a 6-1 victory before 5,237 fans at Angel of the Winds Arena on Friday night in WHL action.
The Tips, unveiling Mitch Love’s #2 jersey from the rafters in a 15-minute pre-game ceremony, roared back from a 1-0 first period deficit and tied the single game franchise record for most power play goals (5) in a game, scoring on their first four man advantages.
Dustin Wolf rebounded from the early goal to post 20 saves and the win, keeping the Blades off the board for the final 55:19 of the game.
UP NEXT: The Tips return to play on Saturday against the host Portland Winterhwaks at 6:05 p.m. (KRKO / WHL Live / Tips App) at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in the second meeting of the year. On Sunday, the Tips return home to host the Tri-City Americans at 4:05 p.m. for Tips hat giveaway, presented by Buzz Inn Steakhouse.
Seeley’s breakout game, his first career multi point game, was one assist shy of tying Peter Mueller’s single-game record set in the 2006-07 season. It was also the eight time the Tips logged five power play goals in a game.
Following the ceremony to honor Love’s nine seasons spent in Everett as a player and assistant coach, co-emceed by long time sports talk personality Jeff “The Fish” Aaron, the Tips fell behind on Radek Kucerik’s snap shot from the left circle at 4:41. Immediately, the Tips went to work to erase the deficit and seize control of the game.
Gage Goncalves waited out Nolan Maier at the right circle and finished a snap shot for his first of two goals, tying the game at 1-1 with 6:38 gone by. Goncalves then hit double digits in goals when he finished a one-timer at the right circle for a 2-1 lead at 13:03, and Fairbrother was set up in a similar spot for his blast past Maier for a 3-1 cushion with 4:34 left.
The Tips continued to floor the gas pedal with two more goals in the second period, both on Jackson Berezowski rebound opportunities for a 5-1 lead. Berezowski slipped a loose puck past Maier at the right post, set up by Michal Gut’s bid from the left circle at 3:16, and Berezowski blew the Tips lead to four goals on his eighth of the season at 7:53, set up by Max Patterson and Ronan Seeley.
Fairbrother then hammered a Ronan Seeley feed past Maier for his second goal of the night and the Tips fifth of the evening on the power play at 6:07 of the third period, putting the finishing touches on a record tying evening.
Maier allowed six goals on 34 shots and took the loss.
FINAL STATS / HIGHLIGHTS
- Ronan Seeley (EVT)
- Gianni Fairbrother (EVT)
- Gage Goncalves (EVT)
NOTES: Scratched from the lineup were Braden Holt (healthy), Aiden Sutter (healthy), Tyson Phare (injury), and Jalen Price (healthy) … Cole Fonstad has earned a point in all eight games with the Tips and logged a pair of assists … the Tips have won eight straight meetings over Saskatoon, and by a combined total of 12-1 over the last three years.
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